1 Hearken, O ye elders of my , who have assembled yourselves together, in my name, even Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; inasmuch believe on my name and keep my ; again, I say hearken and hear and obey the law which I shall give unto you; for verily I say, as ye have assembled yourselves together ac cording to the commandment wherewith I commanded you, and are agreed as touching this one thing, and have asked the Father
in my name, even so ye shall receive.
2. Behold, verily I say unto you, I give unto this first commandment, that ye shall go forth in <my> name, every one of you, excepting my servants Joseph Smith, Junr. and . And I give unto them a com mandment, that they shall go forth for a little season, and it shall be given by the power of the spirit when they shall return. And ye shall go forth in the power of my spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your
voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God; and ye shall go forth with water, saying, Repent ye, repent ye, for the Kingdom of heav en is at hand.
3. And from this place ye shall go forth into the regions west ward, and in asmuch as ye shall find them that will receive you, ye shall build up my church in every region, until the time shall come when it shall be revealed unto you from on high, when the city of the shall be prepared, that ye may be in one, that ye may be my people, and I will be your God. And again I say unto you, that my servant shall stand in the office
wherewith I have appointed him. And it shall come to pass, that if he transgress, another shall be ap pointed in his stead; even so. Amen.
4. Again I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be by some one who has authority, and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church.
5 And again, the elders and of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the bible and book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel; and [p. 95]